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“Home Sweet Home”

Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Idyllwild
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This 13,000-acre park offers over 50 miles of trails in the mountains soaring above the Sonora desert.
Reviewed August 22, 2012

My wife was very reluctant to move from a city with everything, to the mountain where we must drive 26 miles to get to a town of any size. Thought we would be bored. WELL, now we keep a calender for all the activities we take part in and all the organizations in which we volunteer.
Clean air,many new friends,and a wealth of things to keep us from rusting!

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Reviewed August 10, 2012

We were staying in Idyllwild for the week so I decided to do some hiking. I got up early to do the hike up to Tahquitz Peak via the South Ridge Trail. The other option is coming up Devil's Slide from Humber Park through Saddle Junction which I hear is slightly easier but a bit longer. The drive out to the South Ridge trailhead is on a long, hilly dirt road so don't bring the Lexus. My minivan did fine. No parking pass required but make sure you get a permit for the hike at the local ranger station in Idyllwild. It is a "moderate" difficulty trail and is about 4 miles to the Tahquitz Lookout so about 8 miles roundtrip. I am in good but not great shape and took me about 1:45 on the way up with brief stops for pictures and water. The trail can get a lot of sun in the afternoon so I recommend an early start. I began the hike at about 8 am and was the only one out there. There is something extremely serene about that. The latter part of the ascent gets moderately steep but the views are amazing. At the top of the mountain is a fire lookout staffed by an elderly genteman that comes up every Monday and hikes back down every Friday. You can see Hemet, Lake Hemet, and even a little sliver of Palm Springs from up there. Took some time at the top to shoot some photos and eat lunch. The hike back down took about 1:10 for me. Wish I had the time to do this kind of thing more often.

6  Thank Jadbow
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

This was a very nice drive up the mountain to get a breath of cooler air. Nice scenery along the way

1  Thank Cakelady_12
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

Idyllwild Campground is in the center of the small town of Idyllwild, CA. Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness is North and San Bernardino National Forest is Northeast of Idyllwild Campground. Because the campground is in the center of town, you can hear sounds from the road at night. The sound might be worth it if you consider that it's a very short walk to the town store stocked with everything a camper might have forgotten or might need at the last minute, including ice or firewood. The campground also has real bathrooms and a token shower. ($1 for 5 minutes) We camped July 3rd and 4th and had no other campers near us.
The nearby Ranger station/Forestry Building was never open, but the local people helped us with all of our questions on permits. Wilderness permits are needed for parking at the trail heads. They can be bought in town at the Chevron Station or Ranger Station for $5. You also need a hiking permit. There are "do it yourself" permit stations at the Idyllwild Campground and the Ranger Station in town. The permit is needed in case you are reported missing. You simply need to fill out a small form stating which trail you intend to hike and drop it in the box at the ranger station/campground. Keep the carbon copy with you and carry it while hiking.
We tried the Deer Springs Trail to Suicide Rock because the trailhead is 1 mile from the Idyllwild Campground. The hike is 6.6 miles round trip climbing to an elevation 7500 feet (starting at ~5200 feet). It took us 4 hours to complete and was absolutely fantastic! The views were beautiful, especially the last 1 mile to Suicide Rock, starting right past the trail split. We hiked on the 4th of July and the trail was not crowded, we even had Suicide Rock to ourselves!

8  Thank Laura0078
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

The trail is about 4.5 miles and has gorgeous views all the way up. First part of trail you are in the trees then come out on a flat area with views to Idyllwild and beyond almost to the coast. Then the hike starts in earnest. Switchbacks the final 1/2 mile or so never seem to end but at the top you are awarded with 360 degree views of the whole area. You can then go back the way you came or make arrangements with another car and descend via Devil's Slide Trail ending in Humber Park. If possible this is the preferred way for us as you get to see totally different views heading down.

3  Thank bammer09
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